It definitely does get easier as they get older, but you might develop more sleep disturbances as a result of that first stage (when you have to be up with them every couple of hours.) I did.
I didn't have Fibro when my son (my 1st) was born, back in 1982. I remember how I'd see strangers on the street and envy them their energy, and wonder how much sleep they'd gotten! I also had some very bizarre, unsettling thoughts and dreams...like dreaming while awake. It got to where I kind of dreaded falling totally asleep because then it was so agonizing when the crying would start...
It was with my 2nd pregnancy that I really started to notice I couldn't do what other people could - or rather, I could do it, but then I'd have strange pain and fatigue. I just didn't feel right.
I decided to go ahead and have a 3rd child at 34, and I'm so glad I did. Yes, the pregnancy was harder, but there were no actual complications, medically speaking....I just felt more like crap.
But that child is the light of my life :)
I was finally diagnosed with Fibro, which I'd never heard of, a couple of years after she was born. First-off, I was put on something for sleep - now I take 2 different things. There's no doubt in my mind that the whole adventure was worth it. My kids have enriched my life beyond measure. But then, I didn't know what I was in for, either - Fibro-wise, I mean. So my situation was different from yours.
It is a huge decision. I wish you luck with it!
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